How Can Moisture Control Help With Pests?
February 22, 2018
What would you do if you were lost in a desert and saw signs of water in the distance? You would head toward the water, right? Humans cannot live without water for very long, and the same is true for other creatures, including many bugs. If you are seeing lots of insects around your house and/or worse, inside your home, they may be there because that's where the water is. If you can dry up the area surrounding your home, you will greatly reduce the occurrence of household pests that plague you. One of the places where moisture tends to build up around your home is in unsealed crawl spaces.
The Crawl Space Encapsulation Solution
Why would you want to encapsulate your crawl space? Because crawl spaces are a perfect location for mold to grow, odors to build up, and pests to flourish. Moisture problems may be caused by condensation on ductwork, damp soil, or humid air entering through foundation vents. When things get wet and stay wet, it leads to mold and musty odors, which often permeate upward into living spaces, making your home smell musty. Also, fungus build up can lead to structural damage.
Beyond the mold and awful smell, moist crawl spaces also make termites and other pests feel right at home. Since crawl spaces are often ignored by homeowners, they are the perfect hiding places for pests to infiltrate. While termites are, no doubt, the worst nightmare that can happen to a home, there are other pests that will exploit moist, softwood as well--ants, spiders, silverfish, and earwigs, just to name a few. And, when termites exploit soft wood to get established within a structure, they can move on to sound wood and continue eating away, sometimes for decades, without being detected.
At Aiken Pest Control, we offer moisture control that will put an end to moisture problems in your crawl space. Here's what we do:
Identify sources of moisture: A certified pest professional will examine and identify the source of the moisture problem in your crawl space, and encapsulate the entire space. We will also utilize other corrective measures, including treating all substructure wood members.
Clean up: Our team will pick up and remove all trash and debris that is found in the substructure.
Remove mold and mildew: We will clean the structure itself to remove existing mold or mildew on wood surfaces.
You don't have to live with the problems of an open crawl space. For a quality of life upgrade, reach out to Aiken Pest today, and schedule your free inspection.